Perceived self-care agency: A LISREL factor analysis of bickel and hanson’s questionnaire

Michael T. Weaver

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The psychometric properties of Bickel and Hanson’s Perceived Self-Care Agency Questionnaire (PSCAQ) (Hanson, 1980) were examined using a LISREL confirmatory factor analysis approach. Questionnaires were distributed to a convenience sample of 575 noninstitutionalized adults in northwestern Ohio; 462 questionnaires (80 %) were returned. Findings indicated that the factor structure of the PSCAQ is significantly dif-ferent from that described by Bickel (1982) and does not appear to conform to the expected self-care power component structure. These findings call into question the construct validity of the PSCAQ as a measure of self-care agency in non-institutionalized adults. It should be used only with extreme caution, if at all, for testing the self-care deficit theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-387
Number of pages7
JournalNursing research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987


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